They are building a firm foundation that will involve players, coaching staff, directors and owners
Charlton Athletic has entered into a partnership with Jamaican football outfit Mount Pleasant. This partnership means that we are likely to see many Jamaican players moving to the England League One team.
The two teams have agreed on a long-term partnership that will see an increase in the number graduates who can play elite football. This programme will be known as the ‘Mountain to Valley Partnership.’ Football experts predict that this programme will create a pathway for talented Caribbean-based youngsters. Most of these youngsters are expected to ply their trade in London. Mount Pleasant will be sharing a lot of information and knowledge with Charlton’s academy.
Paul Elliott, the director of Charlton’s Non-Executive, said this partnership will allow them to expand their talent pool. Elliot is an academy graduate who has Jamaican heritage. Elliot said that he expects the Jamaican players to shine in England because Charlton has had many good players with Jamaican heritage. In the last 50 years, Charlton has had many successful homegrown players who had Jamaican heritage.
Mount Pleasant is known for having some of Jamaica’s best talents. They are the current defending champions of the Jamaica Premier League. The team is also leading in this season’s league standings. The team is known for providing Caribbean children with boarding scholarships.
The St Ann-based club has been providing many players to Jamaican national team. On the other hand, Charlton have Karoy Anderson and Michael Hector.
The two teams have long-standing relationship that covers many levels. They are building a firm foundation that will involve players, coaching staff, directors and owners.
Steve Avory, the Director of Charlton Academy, revealed that the partnership will involve ‘player exchanges.’ Mount Pleasant’s campus will host Charlton’s young players in an annual youth competition. On the other hand, Charlton is expected to host the JPL champions in a yearly preseason charity game at The Valley.